What does apprehensive mean?

Definitions for apprehensiveˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word apprehensive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehensive, discerning(adj)

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  2. apprehensive, worried(adj)

    mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc

    "apprehensive about her job"; "not used to a city and worried about small things"; "felt apprehensive about the consequences"

  3. apprehensive(adj)

    in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

    "apprehensive for one's life"; "apprehensive of danger"


  1. apprehensive(Adjective)

    Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

  2. apprehensive(Adjective)

    Perceptive; quick to learn; intelligent; capable of grasping with the mind or intellect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apprehensive(adj)

    capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning

  2. Apprehensive(adj)

    knowing; conscious; cognizant

  3. Apprehensive(adj)

    relating to the faculty of apprehension

  4. Apprehensive(adj)

    anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil

  5. Apprehensive(adj)

    sensible; feeling; perceptive

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. apprhensif. See Apprehend.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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Translations for apprehensive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • тревожен, загриженBulgarian
  • aprensiuCatalan, Valencian
  • besorgtGerman
  • inquieto, aprensivoSpanish
  • levoton, huolestunutFinnish
  • soucieux, appréhensif, perspicace, vif, inquietFrench
  • 気遣う, 不安, 明敏, 恐れるJapanese
  • 염려하다, 우려하다, 총명하다Korean
  • manawakinoMāori
  • bezorgdDutch
  • поня́тливый, сообрази́тельный, проница́тельный, опаса́ющийся, смышлёныйRussian
  • inteligentan, oštrouman, pronicav, pronicljiv, zabrinutSerbo-Croatian
  • orolig, ängsligSwedish

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